The KD Diet

I have been feeling miserable since I got back.  The combination of jet lag, being back to reality and a funeral have not made me happy.  So I over ate yesterday and then felt worse.

So today I decided to work from home and seek inspiration from my recent trip.  I think I mentioned previously that Keven and Debbie were very inspiring because they eat healthily and exercise every day.  So I decided to follow their shining example.

I was awake early anyway and took the dogs for a walk with Lara.

dogs in the woods We walked in the woods over the road.  The geenery is the opposite to the Australian rainforests we have enjoyed recently.  In a rainforest, there is very little growing on the ground and the trees grow tall to fight through the canopy for sunlight.  The canopy almost completely blocks sunlight so the rainforests are quite dark.  Here the vegetation on the trees is sparse, providing sufficient sunlight for the ferns to thrive.

the woods otrOn the menu on the KD Diet for breakfast was stir fried vegetables with a small portion of brown Basmati rice and 2 eggs.

I picked these lovely Swiss Chard leaves from the garden.3 Swiss Chard leaves I chopped up the Swiss Chard stalks separately and stir fried them first with cabbage, red onion and red pepper.cabbage etc I then added tomato and mushrooms and finally the shredded Swiss Chard leaves.chard, eggs etc I stir fried with coconut oil which provides a pleasant coconut flavour.coconut oil and basmati When all the vegetables were cooked I added the rice and then served it in a large bowl.  I cooked the egg last and stirred it in to the vegetables and rice.breakfast 28-8-13 2 This was a huge bowl of food but nothing to feel guilty about because it was mainly vegetables.  I seasoned it with some Himalaya salt and then some soy sauce.  It was delicious.

I had no blood sugar rises and felt full all morning and in to the afternoon.  I didn’t have anything else to eat until 4pm. I drank a black coffee and green tea instead of my usual latte and black tea with milk.  I was really surprised how sated I felt because I am usually hungry by Midday.Breakfast 28-8-13 1 I was going to skip lunch and wait until supper but then decided to have a simple snack style lunch.  I used some of the Dukkah I bought in the market on Saturday morning.Dukkah I ate it with celery, cherry tomatoes, black olives and some humous.lunch 28-8-13 2 I originally intended to have a large salad with salmon for lunch, which is what Keven and Debbie would have served but I didn’t fancy it and decided to have that for supper instead.lunch 28-8-13 1 I had a sore throat and felt very weary in the afternoon so I made a cup of Lemon Myrtle tea with a spoonful of active Manuka honey.  I should not have had anything sweet but honey is really good for a sore throat.  I definitely felt perkier afterwards and I love the intense lemon/lime scent of the Lemon Myrtle.Manuka and lemon myrtle

For supper I had the salad and salmon I meant to have at lunch time with a jacket potato.

To make a KD salad you grate beetroot and carrot in to a large bowl.  You can add radish too but I didn’t fancy it today.  I used raw beetroot.  I thought I would explain that as I took this salad to work yesterday and one of my colleagues was surprised I would eat raw beetroot.  I am surprised anyone would want to cook it!carrot and beet Add lots of green leaves ( I used a mixture of lettuces, pea shoots and watercress) and any other veggies you fancy (cucumber and sugar snap peas).  I tried to use vegetables I had not eaten at breakfast to increase the variety.add cucs Make a salad dressing.  I made one from Hugh F-W’s ‘Veg! Everyday’ which is as follows:
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 garlic clove, crushed
salt and pepper
1 tbsp cider vinegar
5 tbsp oil ( I used 3 olive, 1 avocado and 1 flax)
Put all ingredients in a screw top jar and shake until well mixed.

3 oils 1 Pour over salad and combine well.  I used approximately half the quantity of dressing I had made up which was shared between myself and Harvey.  My salad was about 3 times larger then his and so is the amount of dressing I had.dressed salad Serve with a jacket potato and salmon.  I did add butter to my potato.salmon and salad 1

So having followed the KD Diet I feel good. I have eaten a huge amount of vegetables, no fruit and apart from 1 tsp Manuka Honey, no added sugar.  Until I added some butter I had not eaten any dairy either which is my other weakness, alongside sugar.  I have not felt hungry either so I am going to do this again.  Thank you Keven and Debbie for the inspiration.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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One Response to The KD Diet

  1. laura1952 says:

    I just loved the food they prepared when you posted it. I also loved the way Debbie cooks all the veggies on the BBQ in a stir-fryer for all the meals.

    Zoe, keep remembering this post. Maybe you should print it out to read when you feel that inner chatter telling you can have_____ and remember how good you feel eating nutritiously minus sugar, with the exception of the honey.

    Feel better soon. I am sending healing energy to you immediately.

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